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13 days on 1 breathtaking, bad-ass river: life will never be the same.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading my most recent literary adventure, In The Heart Of The Canyon (Knopf) as much as I enjoyed writing it.

So what’s it about? Well, take 15 people with 15 different agendas. Pile them into 3 rubber rafts and send them off down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.


Recent praise for In the Heart of the Canyon:

“Hyde’s … prose is vigorous and natural, her perception subtle, her voice and those of her characters all-American.”

The New York Times (Editor’s Choice)

“Don’t have the time, money (or stomach) for your own river trip? Read this book instead. It’s a bracing ride.”

People Magazine

“A huge, enthusiastic thumbs-up for this riveting page-turner, which will definitely be high up on my "Best of 2009" list.”


“Great scenic description and fully believable characters make this adventure story well worth the ride.”

Library Journal

“Hyde scores a bull's-eye with her fifth novel, In the Heart of the Canyon.”

The Durango Herald

An astute, engrossing character-driven affair … The novel succeeds as both a study of strangers striving toward a common goal and as a suspenseful drama filled with angst and humanity. Hyde outshines herself with this wild ride.

Publisher’s Weekly

About the author…

Elisabeth Hyde
photo by Joanie Simon

Elisabeth Hyde is the author of four previous novels, including The Abortionist’s Daughter and Crazy as Chocolate Born and raised in New Hampshire, she has since lived in Vermont, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Seattle. In 1979 she received her law degree and practiced briefly with the U.S. Department of Justice. She has taught creative writing in the public schools as well as through Naropa University. She currently lives with her husband and three children in Colorado, where she is at work on her sixth novel.

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